Today, no manufacturer has ignored the need to equip its range of products with different electrification technologies. The hybrids and micro-hybrids They are present in countless products, with regard to hybrid cars with self-recharging batteries or, better said, without the need to connect their batteries to a charging point to recharge them. There are also plug-in hybrids that, as their name suggests, require a charging point to take advantage of their electric range and, of course, there are completely electric cars.
And when it comes to hybrids and, above all, to Mild Hybrid and Strong Hybrid technology that concerns us in this article, Suzuki has been a pioneering brand. One of the first manufacturers to understand the benefits of equipping its cars with an electric motor-generator and batteries to make better use of energy, save fuel, improve performance and, why not say it, enjoy the ECO label.
However, What differences exist between Mild Hybrid and Strong Hybrid technology?
Suzuki was a pioneer in incorporating Mild Hybrid mechanics into its range, which now complete an offer in which there are also full hybrids, or Strong Hybrid, and plug-in
Mild Hybrid, for a better use of energy
Mild Hybrid technology allowed Suzuki’s most urban range – Ignis, Swift and Swift Sport – to achieve consumption that, as we have seen on different occasions, is tremendously low, even improving the records of many diesels. And it is also present in the Suzuki SUV range, in S-Cross and Vitara.
Mild Hybrids are hybrid cars that use a 48-volt lithium battery. and that they benefit from the addition of the electric motor, which assists in accelerations and energy recovery in decelerations. Without a doubt, it is an economical solution to improve the use of a vehicle’s energy, but also its performance.
Especially interesting is the case of the Suzuki Vitara, which is not only available with a Mild Hybrid system, also known as a micro-hybrid, but also with a Strong Hybrid system, which is also often known as a full hybrid.
The Mild Hybrids introduce an electric motor that assists the thermal and recovers energy during decelerations, as an economical solution to improve energy use
Strong Hybrid, the best of hybrid technology
Suzuki’s Strong Hybrid technology, present in Vitara, already uses a higher capacity lithium battery, 140 volts, as well as a more powerful electric motor-generator. With this system, the electric motor can power the vehicle by itself and assist the thermal one when necessary. But we are also facing a more efficient energy recovery system, which not only regenerates during decelerations, but also while driving at a constant speed.
The Strong Hybrid is more efficient, especially in the city, but also more comfortable, because it has the automatic transmission Auto Gear Shift.
True to its off-road heritage, the Suzuki Vitara can be configured with four-wheel drive, both with the Mild Hybrid system and with the Strong Hybrid.
The Strong Hybrids have larger capacity batteries and a more powerful electric motor-generator, so that the latter can feed the vehicle by itself and recover energy more efficiently, even when driving at a constant speed.
Beyond its Mild Hybrid and Strong Hybrid offerings, Suzuki also has another full hybrid in its range, the Suzuki Swace, and a plug-in hybrid SUV, the Suzuki Across.